By: Dave Haygarth On: January 23, 2014 In: Google, Internet trends, News, Web help, Web news Comments: 0
So Google has now taken it upon itself to adopt the Microsoft software release method. You know the one I mean… “We don’t care what the customer wants or needs, you get what we want you to get…” 
 
Why?  Well it seems that in the version 32 release of the Chrome Browser that happened last week, Google has decided to make some rather unilateral decision about how your browser should operate and look.
 
Firstly, have you noticed that the scroll bars are different.  Thinner, not the same as other applications on your system?  Well that’s because Google feels that we should be in line with their Chrome OS look and feel.  That’ll be the reason the up and down “stepper” arrows in the scrollbar have also disapeared.  Don’t fit into the new 50% thinner, sleek design.  Not great wth mouse control or have accesibiltiy problems?   Tough. 
 
Many people have taken to the Google Product Groups to “congratulate” Google on this move and :
 
So is all the fuss just about a little bit of the UI change?  Unfortunately not. Seems Google has broken Chrome in other ways too, mostly stemming from the scroll changes.
 
The most alarming problem for public users is the ‘known issue’ of the inability to highlight the lower most option of a dropdown list. You can select it still, but it isn’t highlighted to show you’re selecting the right one.  Sure you have the pointer in the right location? Just click and Hope!
 
Oh and if you’re dropdown is a large one, it won’t scroll either using the scroll bar, only with the mouse wheel (if you have one).   
 
The cursed “Microsoft blue screen of death” also now has it’s Google equivalent: the “Page(s) unresponsive” popup.  A much more frequent visitor these days, affecting users in their day to day browsing.  Gmail users who do this will suffer greatly as will developers using Developer tools.   (http://frankcode.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/chrome-32-broke-the-internet/)
 
So after all this has been said, can’t we simply turn off these Updates?
 
Well unless you like hacking around in the Windows Registry (NOT recommended) or you are able to set some permissions in the Group Policies Console to stop this happening, then the short answer is NO.  
 
Our advice is to use a different browser while Google sorts out this mess.  Don’t email your poor IT support people  and expect them to resolve this, you’ll find that they are also struggling with this mess themselves, just like you!

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